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2012 Real Weddings Survey

 

TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com, recently released the results of its annual Real Weddings Study. This comprehensive report surveyed more than 17,500 US brides married in 2012.

 

TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com 2012 Real Weddings Survey captures detailed information on wedding budget, style preferences, event characteristics and other key statistics related to the bridal demographic.

2012 Wedding Statistics

 

  • Average Wedding Budget: $28,427 (excludes honeymoon)
  • Most Expensive Place to Get Married: Manhattan, $76,678 average spend
  • Least Expensive Place to Get Married: Alaska, $15,504 average spend
  • Average Spent on a Wedding Dress: $1,211
  • Average Marrying Age: Bride, 29: Groom, 31
  • Average Number of Guests: 139
  • Average Number of Bridesmaids: 4 to 5
  • Average Number of Groomsmen: 4 to 5
  • Most Popular Month to Get Engaged: December (16%)
  • Average Length of Engagement: 14 months
  • Most Popular Month to Get Married: June (17%)
  • Popular Wedding Colors: Blue (33%), Purple (26%), Green (23%), Metallics (23%)
  • Percentage of Destination Weddings: 24%

You can read the entire Press Release here

 

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Berkshire Weddings Inspiration – Video Slide Show

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DIY Scrapbook Paper Letters

I love the soft, romantic color palette and I thought the concept would work well in our Marie Antoinette inspired wedding. I dashed off to the craft store and returned with the supplies I needed to complete this project. I bought the letters, the scrapbook paper, and the spray adhesive – READ MORE ON WEDDING BEE

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Have you checked out Lover.ly?

Have you checked out Lover.ly?  It’s this really cool website – kinda like Pinterest but just wedding related pictures and inspiration.

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Providing:  Connecticut Wedding EntertainmentMassachusetts Wedding Disc Jockey Services, Wedding Up-lighting, Event Lighting, Karaoke Entertainment, Sweet 16 DJs, Bar Mitzvah Entertainment, Fashion Show Lighting, Photo Booth Services, Live Musicians, Jazz Combos and Strolling Violins.

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Bridesmaid’s Dresses – 5 Tips That Won’t Miss

 

Picking out the perfect bridal gown is tough. Picking out the perfect bridesmaid’s dress for your six closest friends? Easy. Unless you want to please everyone. In that case, it’s only slightly more challenging than negotiating a nuclear arms treaty.

 

Picking a bridal gown is like driving a bus—one person, the bride, is in the driver’s seat. People come along for the ride, but they don’t have a say about where things are going. Picking a bridesmaid’s dress is more like driving a taxi; there’s one person behind the wheel, but the passengers have a lot more to say about the destination.  Here are some tips from former brides and bridesmaids on choosing a dress your bridesmaids will want to say “yes” to:

 

•Don’t play with matches. The days when bridesmaids had to match from head to toe are emphatically over. Even if you want matching dresses, letting your bridesmaids choose their own shoes, jewelry and hairstyle will allow their individuality to shine through without disrupting the cohesiveness of the look.

 

•Put down the bridal magazine. It’s no longer the only place to look for bridesmaid dresses. Many clothing retailers now have elegant dresses that can easily double as bridesmaid wear. Often less expensive, these dresses may also be better-constructed because the manufacturer is not producing them for one-time wear.

 

•Black is back.  For evening or formal weddings, consider a simple black sheath, sleeveless or with cap sleeves, as a bridesmaid dress. Not only is this something that can almost certainly be worn again, but your bridesmaids’ bouquets will look dramatic against the dark backdrop, and this simple style flatters many figures. Speaking of which…

 

•Pay attention to body language.  If one or more of your bridesmaids express particular concern about finding a flattering dress, consider enlisting them more closely in the selection process. If they can help you find a dress that looks good on your hardest-to-fit bridesmaid, it will almost certainly look good on the others as well.

 

•Don’t play with matches (Part II).  It may be too hard to find one dress style that looks good on everyone. Consider a dress line that has several complementary styles in the same color. As long as the lengths are similar, your bridesmaids will look unified without looking identical.

 

And if imagining the smiles on your best friends’ faces when you choose a great bridesmaid dress isn’t motivation enough, remember: these are the women who decide how embarrassing your bachelorette party is going to be!

 

Written by Rebecca King ~ Copyright © 2012 exclusively for Atmosphere Productions

 

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Milk and Donuts – What A Treat

Forget the cake.  Bring on the donuts.  See more images from this wedding here on Style Me Pretty

 

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Your Wedding Day Timeline

 

 

You’ve decided on a wedding day.  You’ve picked out the church.  You’ve got your photographer.  What time should the ceremony start? What about the reception start time?  How much time do you need for photos?

 

Planning your wedding day time-line can be difficult.  Let’s break it down and see how much time you should plan for each section of your wedding day.

 

Your Ceremony:

Typically you can expect a Justice of the Peace civil ceremony to last 30 minutes maximum.  If you are planning a full mass service – you should plan a full hour to the ceremony.  If you are doing a receiving line after the ceremony – plan on about 20 minutes for every 100 guests. (If you have 200 guests, your receiving line will take 40 minutes!).  If it’s hot out, you do not want to keep your guests in the heat – let them get to the air conditioned reception site.  Exposing your guests to extreme heat for prolonged periods of time drains their energy – and they will not be as responsive later on for dancing.

 

The Photographs:

If you are not doing photographs prior to the ceremony, you need to dedicate time to get a good formal photograph session.  Typically you should plan 30 – 45 minutes for formal photos.  (this does not include travel time to and from photo session location)  The more family and bridal party, the longer photos will take.

 

Travel:

Obviously it takes time for your guests and the bridal party to get from point A to point B.  Take into consideration any special traffic situations on your wedding day (is it near a major concert, sporting event, is it a friday night, etc?).  If so, traffic may be an issue and you should either plan on circumventing this area in your travels or plan on travel taking longer than normal.

 

The Reception:

Most people start their reception with an hour social hour.  If you expect to be long taking photos, you might want to extend the cocktail time to an hour and a half.  Typically, at the end of cocktail hour, we do formal introductions and first dance, blessing and toast.  If you are having social hour in a separate room, plan on 10 minutes to 15 minutes transition time for your guests (longer if stairs or an elevator is involved).  It will take about 30 minutes to organize introductions, introduce everyone, first dance, bridal party dance and blessing/toast.  If you are having more than 1 toast, ensure that each person knows that their toast should be brief (2-5 minutes).  If someone gets up and does a 20 minute toast – that is 20 minutes that you will not have later on in your reception for dancing.  Time is of utmost concern at a wedding – make sure you curtail both blessing and toast to an appropriate timeframe.  We’ve seen clergy give 20 minute blessings and best men eat up 30-40 minutes for their toast.

 

Dinner:

From start to finish, your meal service should be between 45 minutes and 75 minutes maximum.  There are many facilities that drag out or are slow on meal service.  If so, you should consider dancing between courses to allow for maximum dancing time and to mask the slow meal service from your guests.

 

Dancing:

At a typical 5 hour reception – you should expect 2 – 2 1/2 hours of dancing.  Everything that takes longer above, eats into this dancing time.  If your concern is to have all your guests up and dancing, then you need to keep everything else in check to allow for this.

 

In Summary:

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Ceremony – 30 – 60 minutes

Receiving Line – 0 – 60 minutes

Travel Time (between ceremony and reception site) – 0 – 45 minutes

Cocktails – 60 – 90 minutes

Introductions/Speeches/Formal Dances – 30 minutes

Dinner – 45 – 75 minutes

Dancing – ?

 

 

Email the DJ Network to request further information and for us to check our availability.  Be sure to provide us with your mailing address, phone number, wedding date, event location and the number of guests that you are expecting.  Thank you.

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Members of the DJ Network:  www.keithalan.com www.atmosphere-productions.com www.RobAlberti.com

Providing:  Connecticut Wedding EntertainmentMassachusetts Wedding Disc Jockey Services, Wedding Up-lighting, Event Lighting, Karaoke Entertainment, Sweet 16 DJs, Bar Mitzvah Entertainment, Fashion Show Lighting, Photo Booth Services, Live Musicians, Jazz Combos and Strolling Violins.

 

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Merlot On The Water

Tania and Paul selected the unique facility Merlot On The Water in Broad Brook. Overlooking Broad Brook Millpond Tania and Paul exchanged wedding vows outside on this hot and humid August afternoon.  The beautiful hardwood floors made dancing easy throughout the reception and Tania and Paul took full advantage by packing the dance floor for an amazing wedding reception.

Ceremony music, sound and Reception sound and lighting by Atmosphere Productions

Merlot

Photography: Rick from PhotoPros Studios of Connecticut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Email the DJ Network to request further information and for us to check our availability.  Be sure to provide us with your mailing address, phone number, wedding date, event location and the number of guests that you are expecting.  Thank you.

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Ten Wedding Flower Tips to Keep in Mind

 

 

•Convey your vision. You know how you want your wedding to look. Maybe you want a tropical vibe, or cool elegance, or a casual country feel. Let your florist know your vision, rather than insisting on specific flowers. She may be able to help you create the look and feel you want for less money.  Use Pinterest and pictures to communicate your ideas.

 

•Be honest about your budget. Figure out what you have to spend on flowers before placing an order. If your dream wedding flowers cost 50% more than you have to spend, your florist can help you figure out where to cut back without sacrificing impact.

 

•Beware DIY. Creating the floral vision you want on your own is harder, and often more expensive, than it looks. Unless you’re very sure about the availability and quality of the flowers you need, and about your own skills, you’ll reduce stress by letting a pro handle the flowers.

 

•Bigger is not always better. Don’t overestimate the size your bouquet needs to be. The goal is to accent, not overwhelm, your dress. You want to look like a bride, not like you just won the Kentucky Derby.

 

•Less can be more. A few dramatic orchids can have more impact than a basket of carnations for the same price. Don’t sacrifice quality for quantity.

 

•Consider the backdrop. If the bridesmaids’ flowers blend into their dresses, they will not photograph well. Choose colors that complement, but won’t blend in. Similarly, the table linens at your reception shouldn’t wash out the flowers in your centerpieces.

 

•Show your flowers some love. Find out if bouquet flowers need special care to keep them looking good throughout the day and in photos.

 

•Don’t be late for your date. Your florist has a cooler in that back room, not endless fields of flowers. Be sure to allow plenty of time to order and ship the blooms you need.

 

•Remember function. Tall table centerpieces may look sleek and elegant, but when guests sit down to eat, those centerpieces obscure vision and hinder conversation.  Bonus: smaller often equals less expensive, too.

 

•Reuse and recycle! The flowers at your wedding ceremony will likely cost hundreds of dollars and be seen for an hour, at most. Enlist someone in advance of the wedding to transport them to the reception site so they can do double duty.

Written by Rebecca King ~ Copyright © 2013 exclusively for Atmosphere Productions

Email the DJ Network to request further information and for us to check our availability.  Be sure to provide us with your mailing address, phone number, wedding date, event location and the number of guests that you are expecting.  Thank you.

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Providing:  Connecticut Wedding EntertainmentMassachusetts Wedding Disc Jockey Services, Wedding Up-lighting, Event Lighting, Karaoke Entertainment, Sweet 16 DJs, Bar Mitzvah Entertainment, Fashion Show Lighting, Photo Booth Services, Live Musicians, Jazz Combos and Strolling Violins.

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DJ Network Members Win WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2013

January 10, 2013 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding Marketplace, is thrilled to announce that Atmosphere Productions Professional Mobile Disc Jockeys, Keith Alan Productions and Rob Albert’s Event Services have been selected to receive the prestigious WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2013 for DJ!

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The esteemed annual awards program recognizes the top local wedding vendors from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism within the wedding industry.  Atmosphere Productions Professional Mobile Disc Jockeys, Keith Alan Productions and Rob Albert’s Event Services selection as a Bride’s Choice Award 2013 winner was selected based on the positive experiences expressed by past clients on WeddingWire, the world’s largest wedding review site with over one million reviews. While many industry awards are given by the host organization, the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ winners are determined solely based on reviews from real newlyweds and their experiences working with, Atmosphere Productions Professional Mobile Disc Jockeys, Keith Alan Productions and Rob Albert’s Event Services.

 

The WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ 2013 are given to the top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers, based on professional achievements from the previous year. Award-winning vendors are distinguished for the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews they have received from their past clients. As a Bride’s Choice Awards winner, Atmosphere Productions Professional Mobile Disc Jockeys, Keith Alan Productions and Rob Albert’s Event Services, is highlighted within the WeddingWire Network, which is comprised of over 200,000 wedding professionals throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.

“Each year, WeddingWire looks forward to celebrating the success of the top-rated wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Network,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “Now in its fifth year, the Bride’s Choice Awards™ program continues to recognize the elite wedding professionals who exemplify a commitment to quality, service and professionalism. These businesses were chosen by our bridal community for their responsiveness and dedication to their clients over the past year. We are honored to recognize Atmosphere Productions Professional Mobile Disc Jockeys, Keith Alan Productions and Rob Albert’s Event Services for their impressive achievements within the wedding industry.”

Atmosphere Productions Professional Mobile Disc Jockeys, Keith Alan Productions and Rob Albert’s Event Services is thrilled to be one of the top DJ’s in the WeddingWire Network of sites, which include leading wedding sites such as WeddingWire, Project Wedding, Brides.com, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Weddingbee. We would like to thank our past clients for taking the time to review our business on WeddingWire. We value all of our clients and truly appreciate the positive feedback that helped us earn the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards™ for 2013.

For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront’s today:

Atmosphere Productions: http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/atmosphere-productions-professional-mobile-disc-jockeys-west-hartford. 

Keith Alan Productions: http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/keith-alan-productions-disc-jockey-now-offering-photo-booth-prospect/

Rob Alberti Event Services: http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/rob-albertis-event-services-dj-lighting-westfield

To learn more about the Bride’s Choice Awards™, please visit www.WeddingWire.com/brides-choice-awards.

About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire™, the nation’s leading marketplace serving the $70 billion wedding industry, is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding professionals. For engaged couples, WeddingWire offers the ability to search, compare and book over 200,000 reviewed wedding vendors, from wedding venues to wedding photographers. WeddingWire also offers a comprehensive suite of online planning tools for weddings, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge. For wedding professionals, WeddingWire is the only all-in-one marketing platform for businesses online and on-the-go. WeddingWire offers one simple solution to build a professional network, improve search visibility, manage social media and reach mobile consumers. Businesses that advertise with WeddingWire appear on WeddingWire.com, ProjectWedding.com and other leading sites, including MarthaStewartWeddings.com (NYSE: MSO), Brides.com and Weddingbee.com.

 

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